Before Moses or Muhammad, there was a mighty son of the East who lost everything and wanted to appeal in heaven’s court with boldness (“like a prince”).
He’s cloaked in mystery.
Jews, Christians and Muslims honor him. Scholars are puzzled by him. Even in his own lifetime, he was a legend and a riddle. He was truly his brother’s keeper, and yet his name means “hated”–he suffered because he was hated, and then he was hated because he suffered. His name has become synonymous with persecution and perseverance, immortalized in what is possibly the oldest and most ironic book in the Bible (a book that is revolutionary, exotic, and often misunderstood).